Celebrating women’s history month: A Woman’s Pilgrimage to El Camino de Santiago discussion event was held on March 29 at the Clearwater Campus by the Center for International Programs. El Camino de Santiago de Compostela (“Pilgrimage of Compostela”) is a network of routes across Spain and Europe which all lead to the Shrine of the Catholic Saint, the Apostle James. The annual pilgrimage began in the 9th century and continues to this day. Former SPC Professor Linda Yakle shared her experience of doing the pilgrimage multiple times. Linda explained to SPC students and faculty how she started to be a pilgrim and her experience walking 500 miles in Spain. There are seven different ways to Santiago de Compostella. The most famous way is “El camino frances” which nowadays, says Linda, is full of people and it gets harder to walk that way every year. Besides “El Camino Frances” Linda has walked “El Camino Primitivo” and “El Camino Protugues”. Linda also shared that she broke her ankle in “El Camino Portugues”, and that’s why she had to return to the United States. Even so, she did not give up, and that is why on April 2nd she will repeat it from beginning to end. Linda is a very inspiring woman, and it reached the heart of the students and the faculty to inspire them to also be part of this great adventure.
She shared her own criteria and operated in virtual and reflective networks especially because she is a humanities professor, so she was really familiar with other cultures and their history. Lastly, the best thing is that she promoted dialogue and created knowledge. I encourage students to be part of El Camino, which is something that has become so popular that people from all around the world gather to live this experience together. One of the best things Linda said is that El Camino is an experience for every single human being in this world. It does not matter if it is for religious purposes or personal goals, it does not matter our age or even our physical state. This is an experience for everyone. Thank you Linda for your testimony and for being part of SPC. ULTREIA! (“Buen Camino”).
If you would like more information about Professor Linda Yakle Walking the Camino, please watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNLS4cWZNts